Desert Sense

Desert Sense

Hiking & Biking in Hot, Dry Climates

By author: Bruce Grubbs
173 Pages, 978-0-89886-973-6
Mountaineers Books 01/10/2005
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* Techniques for traversing desert terrain -- by vehicle, by mountain bike, or on foot
* Strategies for comfort, safety, and survival in extreme conditions
* Selecting gear and equipment for this special environment

Like any desert aficionado, Bruce Grubbs is obsessed with water: how much to bring, how to carry it, how to conserve it, and how to find it in the backcountry. But desert exploration involves much more. Grubbs provides the knowledge and skills you need to move through this landscape with confidence.

In addition to hiking and mountain biking advice, Grubbs tells how to prepare your vehicle for remote desert roads and how to avoid getting stuck in sand or busting a tire. He discusses navigating in the desert, "dry camping" skills, and techniques for minimum impact on this starkly beautiful but fragile environment. There are tips for dealing with desert heat -- and cold -- and other challenges (sharp spiny plants and venomous snakes are easy to avoid with a little preparation and know-how). But just in case, Grubbs troubleshoots the worst-case scenarios. Throughout, he gives an understanding of desert climate and seasons, and the unique plants and creatures at home in it.

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